The COPO will compete in the Stock Eliminator Class CC/SA. Todd Patterson of Patterson Racing Inc. has raced everything from Stock Eliminator to Pro Stock. "Todd can race any car you put him in," said NHRA announcer Bob Unkefer.
First introduced in 1969, the Central Office Production Order (COPO) Camaro was designed to satisfy the needs of Chevrolet dealers looking for high-performance models of the standard Camaro. The 2012 incarnation of the iconic car will be the quickest Camaro ever produced and is solely intended for the drag strip. "We wanted the COPO mainly because it represents the new generation of Detroit's most exciting cars," said Patterson.
The new Husky Liners® COPO Camaro was first tested at Heartland Park in Topeka, KS on August 19, 2012 with a time of 9.78 seconds. The next race will be back up in Topeka at the Div. 5 Pts Meet on Aug 24-25 followed up by the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis on Aug 29 through Sep 3.
"We plan to keep the originality of the car for collector value," Patterson said. "After Indy, we will be removing the complete drive line and replacing it with a complete Patterson Racing NHRA spec'd 427 EFI engine, a 350 turbo A-1 transmission & converter and after market ECU to obtain maximum output per NHRA rules." The COPO with the new engine will debut at the NHRA Fall Nationals in Dallas, TX on September 20-23. The car will then appear in the Husky Liners® SEMA booth following the October NHRA Las Vegas meet.
Patterson Racing has been a household name in drag racing for more than 30 years. Together Allan & Todd have built a family owned and operated business based in Augusta, KS. Patterson Racing not only manufactures superior racing engines but specialize in high performance lightweight pistons. Todd, Allan, and their employees, have a combined knowledge and experience of over 100 years, which enables them to keep busy servicing the hardcore racing customers they have attracted through the years. This includes World, National and Division Champions to name a few all with Patterson record setting engines. Visit www.pattersonracing.com for more information.
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